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Amy Van Dyken-Rouen stands and walks for first time since accident

Not even paralysis can keep Amy Van Dyken-Rouen down.

Less than three months after suffering a spinal cord injury that left her paralyzed below the waist, the six-time Olympic swimming champion was able to stand and walk on Thursday with assistance from a walker and a device attached to her midsection and legs.

"Here it is...I'm WALKING!!!" she wrote as a caption in one of the two videos she shared on Instagram Thursday afternoon marking the milestone.

Standing up for the first time on my own in 2 1/2 months.

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Van Dyken was released from Craig Hospital in Denver on Aug. 14, where she had been since June when she severed her spine in an ATV accident. With this Olympian's optimistic spirit, we don't doubt that there will be more victories to come. 

Here it is...I'm WALKING!!! #onestepatatime #itcouldhappen

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"It’s a set back; that’s all it is,” she told Lauer three weeks after the accident. “And then we’re gonna rock and roll.”